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Slow Cooker Refried Bean Tacos

Yield 8 tacos + leftovers

With just 2 ingredients and minimal prep, you can whip up a batch of homemade refried beans. Fold into a warm tortilla, pile on the toppings, and you'll have yourself quick and delicious Slow Cooker Refried Bean Tacos for dinner in no time!


For the Beans

  • 2 cups dry pinto beans*
  • 8 cups water
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Optional Toppings for the Tacos Bowls

  • 8 corn tortillas warmed
  • ½ small red or green cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 2 limes quartered
  • Prepared salsa
  • Easy 4-ingredient Guacamole or 2 avocados sliced
  • Hot sauce optional


For the Beans

  • In a fine-mesh strainer, rinse the beans. Add the rinsed beans and water to a 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6, or until the beans are very tender.
  • Ladle out 2 cups of liquid, set aside, then drain the remaining liquid.
  • Add 1 cup of cooking liquid along with ½ teaspoons salt back to the beans in the slow cooker. Using an immersion blender, blend the beans until they are smooth (leaving a little texture is fine--it’s really up to you). Alternatively, or if you don’t have an immersion blender, mash the beans with a potato masher until as smooth as possible.
  • Add additional liquid if the mixture seems dry or if you prefer a thinner consistency. Taste and add additional salt if you like. Salt is the essential ingredient here, so if the beans taste flat, add ¼ teaspoon salt at a time until the beans are flavorful.

For the DIY Tacos

  • Top each tortilla with a generous scoop of beans. Top with fixings of your choice, plus a squeeze of lime and some hot sauce if you like.


*Beans are easier to digest if soaked for at least 8 hours prior to cooking. To soak, add the beans and enough water to cover by at least 2 inches to a large bowl or to the slow cooker insert and soak at least 8 hours, or overnight. Drain all the water and rinse the beans, then proceed with the recipe.
These beans are so versatile, feel free to use them any way you like. A simple bean and cheese burrito or quesadilla is a great option for resistant eaters. Just serve the veggies on the side.
Add cheese and sour cream to the tacos if you like!
Cook up a bit of ground beef or turkey to add to the tacos.

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